Minutes of October 17, 2001 Meeting

Nancy Hendrickson, Ann Montanaro, Farideh Tehrani, Samson Soong, Addie Tallau, Ann Watkins

Some tables from the ARL Supplementary Statistics 1999/2000 were distributed and discussed at the meeting. Rutgers' expenditures for electronic resources in that year was about $1.23 million ($1.15 million on e-journals and the rest on other databases) which represents 14.52% of our total spending on collections. While we need to look at both dollar amount spent on e-resources and percent of total (of collections spending) spent on e-resources, we agreed that it would be more useful to view these in light of spending of similar schools and "goal schools". For instance, Michigan spent significantly more, or $2 million, on electronic resources which however represents a smaller percent, or 12.75%, of their total spending on collections in 1999/2000.

The committee discussed the measures or indicators recommended by the ARL E-Metrics Project Team for a number of areas, i.e. patron accessible electronic resources, use of networked resources and services, expenditures for networked resources and related infrastructures, and library digitization activities. While it will be useful to have data for most of these indicators, it will be very difficult to gather or obtain complete statistics or information on these measures. The E-Metrics Project Team has also recommended performance measures, percentage of electronic reference transactions of total reference, % of remote library visits of all library visits, and % of electronic books to all monographs. Currently 24 ARL member libraries participate in the E-Metrics Project, which began in April 2000. The Project Team will make a report at the Oct 2001 ARL membership meeting in Washington D.C.

The Electronic Journal user survey is up at www.scc.rutgers.edu/ejournal_survey/index.cfm. The committee reviewed the questions again and agreed on some changes. Addie will ask SCC to make these changes. We will present the revised survey at the November CDC meeting. This survey, once finalized, will be conducted in February 2002.

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